El Mariachi’s Gift

August 3, 2014

Do you remember when I first wrote about El Mariachi in “Rescuing an American Icon?” That there is always something good that shines through a tragedy? What people call, a silver lining. While circumstances were such that it took a while to get to a place where I could share, once again I’ve experienced just how unpredictable life can be and how it has a way of surprising you with twists and turns you never could have imagined or understood as they were unfolding.

Losing El Mariachi felt unbearable. It had been a very tough summer – so full of sadness and loss. But amidst the challenges, I reminded myself that I had been given a remarkable gift. A gift made even more precious by El Mariachi’s passing.

“The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.”
~ John Vance Cheney

I had been given a rainbow.

The Ballad of El Corazon (written by Rene’ Ferdig)

Images seen with a dubious heart,
Where did he come from?
How did it start?
Questions unanswered that made no sense.
How could such things have been allowed?
No rebuttal found in the eyes of the proud.

Waiting is the hardest part
Of looking for my long lost heart,
Waiting is the hardest part.

Memories of days long past
Floated in her head,
Like a ship with no mast.
She glimpsed the king’s glory many times,
With a heart full of wonder.
Until the day he lost his home,
His family ripped asunder,
This king torn from a perfect throne,
Surrounded, yet all alone.

Waiting is the hardest part
Of looking for my long lost heart,
Waiting is the hardest part.

Soon rescued by her caring heart
Full of hope – a new kingdom to start.
But time began to fall apart.
The king was betrayed
By the lord of the land
Turned to a hidden hell – and…
…Some even died
The king was found starved
And stripped of his pride.
But she came through again
With an elegant plan
At home in the desert sand,
Of his new benefactor
He at her side, Hope’s own protector.

Waiting is the hardest part
Of looking for my long lost heart,
Be strong of mind and strong of heart,
Yet waiting is the hardest part.

Such a glorious young life,
True image of the master.
Her heart beat …faster and faster.
There was no query and no lying,
But there was also no denying,
The old king was his sire –
El Mariachi, flame of the wild.

Waiting is the hardest part
Of looking for my long lost heart
The wild king now has a son,
El Mariachi’s own El Corazon!

Now what will become
Of the young El Corazon?
He belongs with her and no other.
Give him a chance at a brand new life,
And a golden older brother.
Patience comes with practice,
And practice in abundance, but….

Waiting is the hardest part
Of waiting for my newfound heart
The wild boy is headed home,
El Mariachi’s own young El Corazon!

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With his "golden older brother"

With his “golden older brother”

My rainbow, my healer, my gift - El Mariachi's gift.

My rainbow, my healer, my gift – El Mariachi’s gift.

Related Stories:
“Rescuing an American Icon”

The Passing of an American Icon

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30 Responses to “El Mariachi’s Gift”


  1. Absolutely beautiful Pam. Thank you so much for sharing.


  2. Dear Pam, What an awesome El Mariachi Gift, Just for You !!!!! El Corazon in Spanish means His Heart !!!! Of which I am possitive he is……………………He will again fill your heart, mind and soul with his magic !!!!! It is in the Movie Winters Tale , what you think is your Miracle comes in a different way , Destiny and a Miracle has presented itself to you now no mistake !!!!

  3. Maggie Frazier Says:

    Pam, this is actually El Mariachi’s colt? I didn’t realize you were able acquire one – especially one who certainly takes after his dad! Wonderful…

  4. pnickoles Says:

    Hi Maggie – yes, “Cory” is El Mariachi’s colt. He’s an amazing boy. I love him dearly.

  5. SHIRLEY LE GARDE Says:

    WHEN I OPENED YOU E-MAIL AND LOOKED ATHE HORSES I SAID TO MYSELF THAT HORSE HAS EL MARIACHI HEAD. HE IS BEAUTIFUL.

  6. pnickoles Says:

    I think so too Shirley. Smart, beautiful and sweet. Love him!

  7. pnickoles Says:

    Thank you Kim – certainly missed you at the show last night. Your work looked fabulous!

  8. Karen Schmiede Says:

    How wonderful for you to have El Mariachi’s son. I am so glad for you. I hope you tell us how you came to find him.

  9. Linda Ha Says:

    What a beautiful boy Cory is–the legacy of El Mariachi. Thank you for sharing with us all.

  10. suzanne o'meara Says:

    thank-you . hope he will be more wild forever. wish there was a horse shrine web & prayers for other horses in dire need. anyway – so amazing . many thanks.

  11. pnickoles Says:

    Thank you Karen, Linda and Suzanne – Cory is a true gift. I’m very grateful for him.

  12. Madelena de Leon Says:

    What an absolutely beautiful poem, ‘Ballad of El Corazón’! Destiny comes full circle to those who wait patiently with undying love. El Mariachi leaves his legacy to the one who will guard and teach his most precious gift to you! My happiness for you can’t be put into words.

  13. pnickoles Says:

    Thank you so much Madelena! For everything we’ve shared and your unwaivering support (you can always bring happy tears). It all means so much to me. I’m glad we’ll always have a very special connection.

  14. TJ Says:

    El Mariachi lives on in both Cory and you. His life and legacy will not be forgotten as long as you’re here to remind us! Thank you for all you do for wild horses. So happy to know Cory through you!

  15. lethie2012 Says:

    He was one the most amazing beautiful horses and I bought one of your mugs with him on it. I too have a little bit of a gift from him that will be with me always.

  16. pnickoles Says:

    That is so sweet Lethie. Thank you for letting me know that. 🙂

  17. pnickoles Says:

    Hey TJ – I hope you know how much your friendship and support means to me. You’re always there in so many ways. I appreciate you! Thanks for all you do and come meet my boy soon!

  18. Cindy Says:

    Pam… glad to see Cory doing so well. ((hugs)) Cindy 🙂

  19. pnickoles Says:

    Thanks Cindy! 🙂

  20. Vicki Freiberger Says:

    What a wonderful gift from El Mariachi! This just made my day!!

  21. arleneorlando Says:

    Through the loss of El Mariachi, He created a Miracle and Gift just for you El Corazon….. The love and legacy continues………. WOW isnt love grand !!!!!

  22. pnickoles Says:

    An incredible gift Vicki. I’m amazed each time I look outside and see Cory standing there! 🙂

  23. pnickoles Says:

    Absolutely Arlene. Cory is a miracle gift and I’m so grateful for him every single day.

  24. suzanne o'meara Says:

    good luck & wish he had his own shrine & web & real horse permanent shrines or similar

  25. Pam Miller Says:

    Wow!!!! You brought tears to my eyes 1st thing on a Sunday morning…but they are happy tears…touched by this amazing story! I know you are truly enjoying this very special gift!

  26. pnickoles Says:

    Thanks Suzanne. 🙂

  27. pnickoles Says:

    Hey Pam – glad they were happy tears. I tell you, my eyes well up often when I look out and see Cory and then look at the large, framed pic I have on the wall of his sire while he was still in the wild. Simply amazing.

  28. Jeannie Jacobs Parisi Says:

    Can’t tell you how often I go and read El Mariachi’s story. This is so beautiful to see El Corazon. I am so moved and so grateful and so happy for you

  29. pnickoles Says:

    Thank you so much Jeannie. Cory is a blessing for sure, and so much like his sire. I’m grateful and happy too! 🙂


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